Brice Reynolds was born and raised in South Carolina, where he completed undergraduate at Clemson University. He completed his Nurse Assistant certification and worked for a year at North Carolina Women’s Hospital prior to medical school in Charleston, SC. He came to New York for its world-class psychiatric community. He was drawn to psychiatry because it allows for doctors and patients to work together to focus on how to help the whole person rather than just one organ system or set of problems. He wishes he could tell every patient how important it is to get good sleep, healthy food, and to give themselves credit for all they’re doing for themselves. It’s often more important than medication! When not at work, he enjoys listening to music, performing improv comedy, and taking care of his family’s chickens.
Dax Wolford is an undergrad graduate of Texas A&M and obtained his MD from Louisiana State University School of Medicine. He completed his internship training at Brandon Regional Hospital in Tampa, FL and subsequently completed general adult psychiatry residency training at St. Barnabas Hospital in Bronx, NY. He is currently pursuing fellowship training in Public Psychiatry at Columbia University while performing clinical duties at BronxCare Health Center. He newly has a particular focus on Collaborative care models in primary care settings, a “1 stop shop” so that patients can get both medical and psychiatric care in the same clinic. Inspired by an ambition to pursue greater heights of academic success, he pursued a career in medicine and discovered a passion for psychiatry while working with psychiatric patients on inpatient units. He is fueled by a drive to diagnose and see improvements in his patients, and offers the following advice for those he helps, to “take 5 seconds to think before doing something.” He rides bikes in his downtime, and is a former x-games bike demo rider. He was brought to NY for his residency training.
Divya Chhabra is a former teacher, now child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist who works with children at Bellevue and Crossroads Juvenile Center and works in policy for the New York State Office of Mental Health with a focus on anti-racism, early childhood education and justice. She completed her B.A. at Northwestern University, medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, general psychiatry residency at the University of California at San Francisco, and child psychiatry at Columbia/Cornell. She has a certificate in media studies from Harvard and completed psychodynamic therapy training at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. With a background in media, Divya’s work has been featured in The New England Journal of Medicine, Teen Vogue, SELF, ABC and The Huffington Post and she is editorial director of Me With Power Magazine. She also works part time as the Chief Medical Officer of Butterflly Health, where she writes scripts for children’s videos on intersectionality and mental health, and adapted IPT-A for the WHO. Divya stands on the Organizing Committee for The Broad Room, a women’s advocacy and policy organization, is former Chair of the U.S. Government SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program, and serves on American Psychiatric Association Council on Advocacy and Government Relations and Council on Communications. She also sits on the American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Adoption on Foster Care Committee and the Disaster and Trauma Committee. Divya has provided care for asylum seekers, immigrants and BIPOC communities, the LBGTQIA+ population, pregnant women and their babies and she facilitated poetry-based therapy on death row. She is most passionate about the intersection of antiracist principles, trauma-informed care, education, and kids! In her free time, you can find her reading, hiking, dancing, exploring an art gallery or playing with a foster pup.
Emma Golkin completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania. She studied history and political science and graduated summa cum laude. She attended Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and then completed her internship and adult residency training in psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital/New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Golkin has a particular interest in psychotherapy and teaching residents and students. She has additional training from residency in psychodynamic psychotherapy, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT). She has presented at multiple national conferences on teaching and learning psychotherapy in residency. Dr. Golkin is passionate about working with patients and expanding access to mental healthcare. She hopes to collaborate with every patient to clarify and reach their goals.
Erin Rush Ortegon grew up in Kentucky, where she studied Art and Art History at Transylvania University. Her time there introduced her to how medicine can impact rural populations for the better and inspired her to become a physician. She completed her post-baccalaureate pre-medical training and medical school at the University of Louisville. Following medical school, she moved to New Mexico for her general psychiatry residency training. There, she worked with underserved populations in rural areas and served as the Chief Resident for the Rural and Community Track where she facilitated rotations for residents and fellows throughout the state. After her general psychiatry training, Erin completed her Child and Adolescent Fellowship at the University of New Mexico. Interested in learning how to improve healthcare delivery and ways to make meaningful and lasting systemic change, she joined the Public Psychiatry Fellowship at Columbia. Erin is passionate about increasing access to care for underrepresented communities, exploring solutions to overcoming mental health stigma, and early intervention for young people at high risk for developing psychosis. Currently, she is working at The Door, a center for providing comprehensive services to youth. Outside of work, she enjoys art, live music, hiking, biking, and playing soccer.
Although originally from Eastern Virginia outside Washington DC, Hasan Ghazzawi completed his undergraduate education and medical school training in Cairo, Egypt, searching for a different perspective from American education. He returned to the United States and moved to New York, completing his residency education at Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn. Of note, Hasan completed additional training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education (PANY) at NYU. He has many areas of interest, particularly in LGBTQ+ mental health and qualitative research. He initially garnered an interest in public psychiatry in order to address systemic injustices within mental health care, especially within marginalized communities. When working with his patients, Hasan particularly enjoys learning about and understanding the unique story of each individual. He makes an extra effort to empower the individuality of each person he works with, often communicating that “normal does not exist.” When not working with his patients, he really enjoys skateboarding and reading historical fiction and queer literature. He resides in Brooklyn and particularly enjoys the diversity within his community.
Omar Shareef is New York born and raised, graduating from Stony Brook University and earning his MD and MBA at St. George's University School of Medicine. He completed general psychiatry residency at Nassau University Medical Center, and is now concurrently pursuing Public Psychiatry fellowship training and adult psychodynamic psychotherapy certification training at Columbia University. He currently practices outpatient psychiatry at Queens Village Jamaica Wellness & Recovery Center, and is involved in both administrative leadership and residency training roles at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center. Omar has a passion for working with faith based communities, serving as an executive board member of the HEAL Collective, a NY-based nonprofit dedicated to faith-informed mental health advocacy, spiritually-integrated psychoeducation, and de-stigmatization efforts. He is also a certified adult mental health first aid instructor, conducting monthly certification training courses both locally and nationally. Beyond his professional life, Omar is an interscholastic coach and mentor for high school level improvisational comedy, performing arts, and creative writing.
Rob Gadomski graduated from The University of Scranton and went to medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his adult psychiatry residency at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. He has extensive training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, CBT, emergency psychiatry, and correctional psychiatry. He is passionate about working in urban communities specifically with underserved minorities. He gravitated towards public psychiatry because of an interest in understanding the ways he can improve healthcare system desperate for repair. He enjoys the unexpected surprises that arise while caring for his patients. He makes sure his patients know that they matter, their goals matter and that change is possible. He enjoys dad jokes and watching and attending sports. He lives with his partner in Manhattan and chose New York because of its healthcare system.
Shumaia Rahman was born in Bangladesh and grew up in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. After earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, she went on to receive her dual DO/MBA degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. The program was structured in a manner that allowed her to become immersed in medical practice with underserved populations in community settings while developing complementary healthcare management and physician leadership skills. During her residency training at Jackson Memorial Hospital/ University of Miami, she was exposed to some of the most clinically, demographically, and culturally diverse patient populations found in any medical center nationwide. Her experiences affirmed her passion for helping communities with systemic and structural challenges that impede access and effective delivery of mental health services. As a Columbia Public Psychiatry Fellow, she is working as a staff psychiatrist at Upper Manhattan Mental Health Center and building administrative projects to improve outcomes for patients with serious mental illness and substance use disorder. She is particularly interested in substance use disorders and innovative ways to practice psychiatry. When she’s not at work, you can find her traveling, trying different cuisines, spending time with friends and family, or once in a while, at a silent meditation retreat.